Betsy Seder, "The Window", from the series "Time and Space Died Yesterday", 2009, pigmented inkjet print, 40x50"

Betsy Seder, “The Window”, from the series “Time and Space Died Yesterday”, 2009, pigmented inkjet print, 40×50″

Betsy Seder

I am compelled by the way constructed space reveals traces of past utopian visions and present imaginations of the future. My work explores the ways that these visions of the future shape architecture, urban designs and other incarnations of style and how, in turn, those manifestations succeed, or more often than not, fail.

“Time and Space Died Yesterday” is a body of work inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film, “L’Eclisse (The Eclipse)”, and the cityscape, texture, and architecture of EUR, a suburb of Rome. EUR was established by Mussolini as the site of the (never realized) World’s Fair of 1942 and the future seat of a Fascist Italian empire. In the 1950’s, it was revisited by Futurist architects who looked toward innovation and technology (rather than a heroic past) to inspire designs for a utopian city. Using “L’Eclisse” as an outdated psycho-geographic map to explore this site of intersecting and overlapping fascist and capitalist utopian visions, I created a series of still images for a new imagined narrative pieced together from fragments of “L’Eclisse”, history, modernism, utopian visions, science fiction dystopias, and personal events.

Betsy Seder holds a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and is currently working towards a. MFA in Photography at the University of California, Irvine. Her work has been exhibited widely in group shows at such venues as Tight Space, Santa Ana, CA; Exit Art, New York, NY; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY; and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand and published in Switch Journal.